Dr. Chitra Dinakar is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Gies Endowed Faculty Scholar at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, and the Medical Director of Stanford HealthCare Allergy/Immunology Clinics. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Director, Food Allergy Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. She completed her fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and her residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center, Ohio.
Dr. Dinakar’s passion and expertise include food allergies, pediatric asthma, atopic and immunological disorders, and health care quality and outcomes. She was the Children's Mercy's Principal Investigator of the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Clinical Trials Network and the UMKC-site Principal Investigator (Pediatric) of the American Lung Association- Asthma Clinical Research Network. She serves on the Editorial boards of four Allergy/Immunology journals [AllergyWatch (Associate Editor); Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Allergy and Asthma Proceedings; Current Treatment Options in Allergy]. She is also the USA Regional Editor of the World Allergy Organization Web Editorial Board. She has served on National Institutes of Health review panels and been a member of the UMKC Pediatric Institutional Review Board. She has been involved in more than 50 investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored, and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and 2 book chapters. She is an invited speaker at national and international allergy conferences, and mentors junior faculty, A/I fellows, residents and medical trainees.
Dr. Dinakar serves in leadership capacities at the national Allergy/Immunology organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is a member of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (JTFPP) that develops and updates A/I related practice parameters and the A/I representative at the Council of Pediatric Specialties (CoPS). She is also on the Executive Committee of the Section of Allergy/Immunology, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-SOAI) and is an elected member of the prestigious American Pediatric Societies (APS). She was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the President of the Greater Kansas City Allergy Society (GKCAS). She served on the Joint ACAAI/AAAAI Workgroup on Interpretation of Exhaled Nitric Oxide for Clinical Applications. She is on the Food Equality Initiative (FEI) medical advisory board, and the founder and sponsor of the Children’s Mercy Food Allergy Patient Family Advisory Council and FARE Kansas City Support Group.
Dr. Dinakar’s honors include the 'Distinguished Fellow Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2016), "Woman in Allergy Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2015), “Acellus Teacher of the Year” award by the International Academy of Science (2015), the "Award of Excellence" by the American Association of Allergists & Immunologists of Indian Origin (AAAII, 2009), "Golden Apple Mercy Mentor Award" by Children’s Mercy Hospital, and an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” awarded by the Governor of Kentucky. She is listed on the Best Doctors in America; Kansas City Magazine’s ‘SuperDocs’ and ‘435 Magazine’ Best Doctors.